A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Breanna Stewart
School: Cicero-North Syracuse
Athletic achievement: Stewart has led the Northstars to an 18-3 record, the Section 3 Class AA championship and a berth in the Class AA state tournament against Colonie (N.Y.), scheduled for Saturday. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, she averaged 25.5 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals through 21 games. A member of the USA Basketball Women’s U19 National Team which won the 2011 FIBA World Championships, Stewart has been selected for both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game. The Section III career leader for points scored, she is rated as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012 by the HoopGurlz ESPNU 100.
Academic excellence: Stewart has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, youth basketball programs and a literacy-outreach program.
“Breanna Stewart impacts the game more than any kid I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Marsh, head coach at Corcoran (Syracuse, N.Y.). “She’s an unbelievable passer, she sees the floor and with that wingspan it’s so difficult to attack their defense. She changes every facet of the game.”
THE FUTURE: Stewart has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.